Bill White Was An Unheralded Contributor

Bill White was an outstanding defenseman with Team Canada 1972, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist in seven games played. Not exactly a flashy player, White's inclusion on the team may have surprised casual hockey fans, but certainly not his teammates.

White of course counts game eight as his favorite memory of the series - Henderson's goal and the celebrations. But don't forget the Canadians had to kill off the final 34 seconds of the game following Henderson's goal - 34 seconds which felt like an eternity.

Who was put out on the ice to help kill off the final seconds? Bill White. In fact it was White who relieved the pressure the Soviets were applying late in the game when he flipped the puck high down the ice. White's clearing attempt was perfect, as it was not far enough for icing. That effectively killed off the rest of the game.

White also remembers the switch of referees at the beginning of the game.

"Somehow I had felt there was a fix in there with the referees," said White. Swedish referee Uve Dahlberg was supposed to be one of the two referees, but somehow the Russians kept him out of the game and forced Canada to play with the incompetent - or perhaps down right biased - referee Josef Kompalla.

White was impressed by the Soviet's skill and speed, particularly that of Alexander Maltsev's.

1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #17 - Bill White - Defense

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Born: 8/26/1939 Toronto, Ontario
1972 NHL Team: Chicago Black Hawks

Summit Series Statistics

7 1 1 2 8 9 21 7

Other Team Canada Appearances - None

NHL Career Notes - White was rescued from a career in the minor leagues when the NHL expanded to 12 teams in 1967. He became a Los Angeles King but three years later joined the Chicago Black Hawk where he established himself as a solid rearguard. White was a three time All Star.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 604 50 215 265 495
NHL Playoffs  91 7 32 39 76


Book Feature
Read Bill White's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


Special Offers

1972 Summit Series Games

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four
Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven
Game Eight

Buy the DVD!
Canada's Team of the Century